Do you find yourself worrying all the time, irritable and short-tempered? Perhaps you struggle to get to sleep, or stay asleep, because you can’t stop your mind going over things that have already happened or might happen tomorrow? Do you find it impossible to switch off and relax? Or feel constantly on edge, always on the look out for something bad happening? These are all signs that you are suffering from stress and/or anxiety.
Anxiety is a normal reaction that we all feel at times. It is a response to extreme situations when we are feeling under pressure, perhaps when we’re going on a first date or have a job interview for example. Acute anxiety can work in our favour, helping us to keep going, get the job done and meet deadlines; but chronic anxiety does not. When it becomes a constant presence, anxiety can have a negative effect on every aspect of life. When we feel threatened, our subconscious mind triggers the fight or flight response, and when our anxiety or stress levels are high, this response is triggered inappropriately. The purpose of the flight or fight response is to prepare our body to run or fight – our heartrate and respiration rates rise and we produce stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. When there is no need for us to react physically, these hormones remain in our system for a longer time and can have a negative effect on many aspects of our health – weight, blood pressure and sleep to name but a few.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy helps you to understand what’s happening in the brain, and how to make changes to the way you think and behave that will reduce those anxiety levels and put your conscious, intelligent mind back in control.